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Dynamic Pattern Formation in a Vesicle-Generating Microfluidic Device

Thorsen, Todd and Roberts, Richard W. and Arnold, Frances H. and Quake, Stephen R. (2001) Dynamic Pattern Formation in a Vesicle-Generating Microfluidic Device. Physical Review Letters, 86 (18). pp. 4163-4166. ISSN 0031-9007. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:THOprl01

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Abstract

Spatiotemporal pattern formation occurs in a variety of nonequilibrium physical and chemical systems. Here we show that a microfluidic device designed to produce reverse micelles can generate complex, ordered patterns as it is continuously operated far from thermodynamic equilibrium. Flow in a microfluidic system is usually simple—viscous effects dominate and the low Reynolds number leads to laminar flow. Self-assembly of the vesicles into patterns depends on channel geometry and relative fluid pressures, enabling the production of motifs ranging from monodisperse droplets to helices and ribbons.


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Arnold, Frances H.0000-0002-4027-364X
Additional Information:© 2001 The American Physical Society Received 9 January 2001 We thank R. Goldstein for helpful discussions. This work was partially supported by Research Corporation and the NSF.
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Issue or Number:18
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Alternative URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.86.4163
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